Founded in 1957, Delaware Humane Association (DHA) is Delaware’s premiere nonprofit no kill animal care and adoption center, serving a four state area. We are committed to providing for the needs of homeless and owned dogs and cats in our community.

Each year, hundreds of animals come to DHA in search of a warm bed, good meal, and most importantly, a new home. Our dedicated staff and volunteers work hard to ensure that each animal receives the best care possible during his/her stay at our adoption shelter. We’re committed to preparing all adoptable dogs and cats for a new home by keeping them well-groomed, giving them daily exercise and affection, and providing obedience training and any necessary medical care.

DHA serves the community by offering affordable spay/neuter services, low cost vaccination clinics, and a pet food pantry.

We receive no government funding, and rely on the support of the community in the form of volunteers, private donations, bequests, grants, fundraising events and our Helping Hands Club to complete our mission.


We envision a day when every animal is loved, has a home and has a “friend for life.”


We make “friends for life” by connecting people with animals, and by building strong relationships to better serve our community.



At DHA, we make “friends for life” by:

  • Matching the right people with the right animals
  • Offering a friendly, welcoming environment
  • Empowering others to care for animals
  • Being kind, caring and compassionate

Delaware Humane Association is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.

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